Spying

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    Federal Government, Technology

    Watch Out! Your Computer Probably has Spyware Courtesy of the US Government!

    Apparently the US National Security Agency (NSA) “has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers…

    / Feb 25, 2015 at 5:15 PM
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    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Howrey LLP, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.18.14

    * Mayer Brown issued a response in the wake of its NSA scandal, saying there’s “no indication” spying happened “at the firm.” Spying “of the firm” is another question, but don’t worry, clients, your information is totally secure. [Chicago Tribune]

    * “He is almost treating the clients as chattel.” Lateraling may have just gotten harder, because a judge in the Howrey case expects you to kiss your book of business goodbye as soon as you ditch your firm. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Law school applications have plummeted, but some schools are really struggling. Which had the largest drops in enrollment? Take a wild guess. We’ll have more on this later today. [National Jurist]

    * You can’t just sit back and relax after you’ve sent off your law school applications. You need to gun your way to enrollment and be as appropriately annoying as possible. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * George Zimmerman, who says God is “the only judge that [he] has to answer to,” hopes that he’ll eventually become a lawyer. We imagine that kind of an attitude will earn him a sanction or two. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Feb 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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    Asians, Biglaw, Books, Clerkships, Crime, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Kids, Morning Docket, Murder, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trials, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.17.14

    Ed. note: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will still be publishing, but less frequently than usual. We will be back in full force tomorrow.

    * With a perfect record for equality post-Windsor and four appellate courts soon set to rule, it looks like the Supreme Court will get a second bite at the gay marriage apple by 2015. [National Law Journal]

    * Per Am Law, Mayer Brown just posted its highest profits ever. Maybe that’s one of the reasons the NSA’s thunder from down under, the Australian Signals Directorate, was spying on it. [New York Times]

    * For Asian American women, Biglaw’s “bamboo ceiling” may be just as tough to crack as its glass ceiling. What’s that? Find out by reading Helen Wan’s book, The Partner Track (affiliate link). [Washington Post]

    * Haller Jackson, the law clerk accused of aggravated rape of a minor, has been in and out of court since his arrest. His defense team has even filed a motion to suppress his confession. MOAR info, plz! [Slabbed]

    * Controversy alert: Michael Dunn was convicted of four out of five charges, including three counts of attempted murder, in Florida’s “loud music” trial, but the jury was hung on the murder charge. Lame. [CNN]

    17 Comments / / Feb 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM
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    Constitutional Law, Guns / Firearms, Privacy, Technology

    3 Notable Legal Stories From The Short Week

    Looking back at three interesting legal stories from the short holiday week.

    27 Comments / / Jul 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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    Department of Justice, Election Law, John Roberts, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, UVA Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.28.13

    * Half-Law office, Half-Barbershop. That makes sense, I’ve seen some haircuts that should be crimes. We hear they even have a $5 haircut special called “The Misdemeanor.” [New Britain Herald]

    * The editors of Ramblings on Appeal give their takes on Shelby County. Rarely has truer legal analysis been offered than characterizing Roberts’s decision as, “Oh and I have five people on my side, you only have four, so take that.” [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * UVA law professor Chris Sprigman has co-authored an op-ed calling out the NSA. Oh, that guy’s phone is getting tapped. [New York Times]

    * The Expert Institute continues to draw from popular culture to coach expert testimony. This time it’s Game of Thrones. It’s a handy set of lessons, but “Never Trust a Frey” deserved mention. [The Expert Institute]

    * The Justice Department is bringing on unpaid attorneys because slave labor is awesome and unpaid internships are never elitist and discriminatory. [Pro Publica]

    * On that note, Bar President calls for an end to unpaid 3L internships. Video after the jump…

    5 Comments / / Jun 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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    Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    The Hidden Blessings of the NSA’s Spying

    There’s a silver lining to the NSA spying cloud, as columnist Tamara Tabo explains.

    21 Comments / / Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM
  • Edward Snowden RF

    Department of Justice, International Law

    Where Can Edward Snowden Go To Stay Above the Law?

    If the government isn’t going to be accountable to the Fourth Amendment, it’s going to end up being accountable to guys like Edward Snowden.

    55 Comments / / Jun 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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    Politics, Technology

    Senators: Why Is Everyone So Worked Up About Verizon Spying? We’ve All Known About It Since 2007

    If the government knows about it, it’s all OK!

    0 Comments / / Jun 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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    Crime, Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Perverts, Privacy

    Kansas Attorney Accused of Upskirting His Female Employees

    An attorney has been dragged into criminal court and charged for his allegedly pervy predilections. Let’s find out more about the charges…

    26 Comments / / Jul 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Hotties, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Sex, Sex Scandals

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf Partner Kisses and Tells
    (About D&L, Not His Alleged Affair With a Russian Spy)

    * The billable hour may be far from dead, but last year, 61% of general counsel worked out alternative fee arrangements with outside counsel, including counsel from elite (read: Biglaw) firms. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Dewey need to take lessons on revenge from this firm? John Altorelli, the D&L defector who spilled all the beans to the Am Law Daily, was blasted on Page Six this weekend. More on this to come later today. [New York Post]

    * CHECK YOU LATERALS: recent Quinn Emanuel hires William Burck, Paul Brinkman, and Andrew Schapiro, as well as name partner John Quinn, have entered appearances on behalf of Megaupload. [Am Law Daily]

    * Copyright infringement suits over porn downloading involving some 3,500 defendants were dismissed because the plaintiffs’ attorney, Terik Hasmi, couldn’t get it in legally in Florida. [National Law Journal]

    * In England, there’s no such thing as a no-fault divorce, but instead, you can get one for “unreasonable behavior” — behavior like malicious service of tuna casserole, and speaking only in Klingon. [New York Times]

    * This gives “I’m a Slave 4 U” some new meaning. Britney Spears’s fiancé, Jason Trawick, is trying to start their impending rocky marriage off on the right foot. He’ll soon be her co-conservator. [New York Daily News]

    1 Comment / / Apr 9, 2012 at 9:03 AM
  • Biglaw, Football, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Nude Dancing, Pornography, Rape

    Morning Docket: 10.28.11

    * Ira Schacter’s lawyer on his client’s propensity to give out rings worth more than $200K: “He’s just a generous guy.” No, he’s just a Biglaw partner. [The Careerist] * From Russia Israel with Love: Emory Law student Ilan Grapel has been released from Egypt and will be arriving back in the U.S. today. Welcome […]

    21 Comments / / Oct 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM
  • Hotties, Law Schools, Politics

    Ilan Grapel: He’s No Austin Powers

    As we mentioned yesterday, a student at Emory Law School by the name of Ilan Chaim Grapel was arrested in Egypt on Sunday, and ordered held for 15 days. The Egyptians allege that Grapel is a “highly trained” spy, working for the state of Israel. Ilan Grapel is a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. And he did […]

    107 Comments / / Jun 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM
  • Hotties, Law Schools, Politics

    Law Student of the Day: Ilan Grapel, Accused of Spying for Israel

    At this year’s Emory Law School commencement, Professor Sara Stadler urged graduates to think outside the box with respect to their career options: “You might not be able to land that [top-choice] job…. You might have to move to Nebraska.… You might have to join a small firm where they don’t make the big bucks.” […]

    66 Comments / / Jun 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM